Date: 6th March 2009 at 5:48pm
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COLCHESTER UNITED travel to promotion-chasing Oldham Athletic tomorrow afternoon.

The U’s will be looking to extend their current unbeaten streak to four games when the sides meet at Boundary Park. This will be the second tough away trip of the week for the Essex side, following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Huddersfield. To read Vital Colchester’s match report click here.

The Latics, following a 1-1 draw with Leeds last Monday, will be keen to continue there impressive home form, against the U’s.

Vital Quotes:

Colchester boss Paul Lambert wants all three points from Saturday’s clash, he said: “We have to try and turn these draws into wins.

“I saw Oldham at Leicester City and they were decent. I also watched them at Leeds United.

“It will be a tough game but we will have to go there and try and win it.”

Oldham chief John Sheridan revealed a number of fringe players may be called upon when the U’s visit.

He commented: ‘We have a couple of knocks at the moment and a few suspensions coming up, so players who aren’t playing at the moment will have to be ready.’

Oldham Athletic Team News:

Oldham’s veteran stopper Mark Crossley (back) is unavailable.

Matty Wolfenden (thigh) will also miss the game, however, Dale Stephens (thigh) is receiving treatment ahead of the clash.

New loan signing Steve Kabba could feature.

Player to watch: Lee Hughes

The ex-West Brom front man will be looking to add to his impressive goal total of 17 so far this season, with a strike against the U’s.

Colchester United Team News:

Colchester goalkeeper Jimmy Walker has returned to his parent club following a three-month loan spell with the U’s. So Mark Cousins, who played midweek, or Dean Gerken will start between the sticks.

Centre back Paul Reid (knee) is out, so either Chris Coyne or John White, both returning from injury, will come in.

Youngster Sam Corcoran travels with the squad up North hoping to get a chance to feature.

U’s Squad: Cousins, Gerken, Tierney, Maybury, White, Coyne, Baldwin, Perkins, Corcoran, Izzet, Hammond, Wordsworth, Hackney, Vernon, Platt, Gillespie, Wasiu, Yeates.

Player to watch: Dean Hammond

The £250,000 buy from Brighton has been arguably the U’s player of the season this current campaign. Hammond struck both goals on Tuesday night, the first a penalty, the second a skillful free-kick, against Huddersfield and will be keen to inspire the U’s to victory.

Last Time Out:

Colchester 2-2 Oldham

Weston Homes Community Stadium

Colchester: Gerken, White, Heath, Coyne, Ifil, Yeates, Izzet, Jackson, Wordsworth (Perkins, 73), Platt, Vernon (Wasiu, 67).

Subs Not Used: Hammond, Cousins, Elito.

Booked: White (13), Yeates (43), Wordsworth (47), Perkins (88).

Scorers: Yeates (42, 63).

Oldham: Crossley, Eardley, Lomax, Gregan, Hazell, Taylor, Liddell (Smalley, 82), Allott, Whitaker, Hughes, Alessandra (O’Grady, 80).

Subs Not Used: Stam, Maher, Fleming.

Booked: Allott (7). Hughes (38).

Scorers: Taylor (64), Smalley (88).

Attendance: 4,708

To read Vital Colchester’s match report click here.

Ref Watch:

Referee: Chris D Sarginson – Staffordshire

Assistants: D Gratton and P T Kettlewell

Fourth Official: A J Scregg

Match Prediction:

StevieG Col U’s prediction: I’ll go for a 2-1 U’s win!

What do you think the result will be? Let us know with a comment below!

Next Fixtures:

Who? Swindon Town

Where? Weston Homes Community Stadium

When? Tuesday – 19:45


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